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Sen. Baldwin on Michael Brennan 7th Circuit nomination in disregard of Wisconsin bipartisan process
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 08/04/17
The president’s nomination bypassed the state’s Federal Nominating Commission, which was established in Wisconsin in 1979 by U.S. Sens. William Proxmire and Gaylord Nelson. Since then, the state’s U.S. senators have used the commission to recommend to the president judicial nominees for every U.S. attorney and federal judicial vacancy. Current U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson renewed their commitment to utilizing the six-member commission earlier this year. On Friday, Baldwin said Trump’s nomination showed "complete disregard for a bipartisan process." "President Trump has decided to go it alone and turn his back on a Wisconsin tradition of having a bipartisan process for nominating judges," Baldwin said. "I am extremely troubled that President (Trump) has taken a partisan approach that disrespects our Wisconsin process."

U.S. SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT NOMINEE GORSUCH
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 04/06/17
“The people of Wisconsin want an impartial and independent Supreme Court justice who will make decisions that protect the constitutional rights and freedoms of all Americans – not stand for corporate special interests. I have deep concerns about Judge Gorsuch’s troubling record of ruling against disabled students, including a ruling that was so far out of the mainstream the Supreme Court unanimously overturned it, as well has his rulings against workers and against women’s reproductive health care. I also believe that we must have a Supreme Court justice who will serve as a check on the Executive Branch. Based on his record and the many questions he has chosen to leave unanswered, I don’t have confidence Judge Gorsuch would be that justice and I oppose his confirmation to our highest court.”

Sen. Baldwin meets Gorsuch, restates her opposition
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 02/16/17
After meeting Thursday with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin said the two had a "respectful and thoughtful conversation," but she reiterated her plans to vote against him and to support a filibuster against his nomination. “I found Judge Gorsuch to be very smart and we discussed a number of his rulings that I continue to have deep concerns about, including decisions against disabled students, against workers, and against women’s reproductive health care,” Baldwin said in a statement. “I will not support a Supreme Court nominee who has too often favored big business over workers and retirees. I also believe people deserve a Supreme Court justice who will protect the constitutional rights and freedoms of all Americans. I don’t have confidence Judge Gorsuch is that nominee.”... In her statement after meeting Gorsuch on Thursday, Baldwin said: “I was pleased to meet with Judge Gorsuch and we had a respectful and thoughtful conversation about his record and his nomination by President Trump to our nation’s highest court. In our meeting, we discussed President Trump’s attacks on the judiciary and Judge Gorsuch’s private comments about them." Baldwin was referring to private comments Gorsuch had made to senators lamenting attacks on the judiciary. "I told him that I believe such attacks are wrong," said Baldwin. "But I also told him that a judge who is strong and independent should not be demoralized by the president's tweets. The president and his administration have continued to attack judges since Judge Gorsuch made his private comments and I encouraged him to publicly call these attacks what they are, wrong."

Sen. Baldwin: WISCONSIN SENATORS RENEW AGREEMENT ON WISCONSIN JUDICIAL COMMISSION AND CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR U.S. ATTORNEY VACANCIES
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 02/13/17
Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson renewed their agreement establishing the Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission to advance federal nominations, including vacant federal judgeships and U.S. Attorney positions in Wisconsin. This process has already led to the confirmation of James Peterson in the Western District of Wisconsin and Pamela Pepper in the Eastern District of Wisconsin. The Commission shall consist of six Wisconsinites who are members of the Wisconsin State Bar. Three members will be appointed by each Senator, who will each have a Co-Chair on the Commission. ... Applications for Wisconsin’s Seventh Circuit vacancy will be available on March 15, with applications due on April 29 and a recommendation to the Senators provided by July 13, 2017. Applications for the Eastern District Court vacancy will be available on April 29, with applications due on May 29, and a recommendation to the Senators provided on or before August 12, 2017. ... “I am pleased to join Senator Johnson in moving forward in a bipartisan manner to advance the process of filling Wisconsin’s legal and judicial vacancies in the 115th Congress,” Senator Baldwin said. “I am confident that the commission will identify for our consideration highly qualified individuals who would serve the people of Wisconsin with fairness and impartiality.”

Sen. Baldwin will vote no on Trump pick Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 02/02/17
Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin said Thursday she would oppose President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. In an interview with the Journal Sentinel, Baldwin asserted that Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge in Colorado, did not have a “mainstream record,” and she cited judicial rulings of his on cases involving disabled students, workers and women’s reproductive health. “It’s a record that is going to make it hard for Trump and (Gorsuch) to earn bipartisan support,” said Baldwin. “I think the American people deserve an independent Supreme Court Justice who is going to protect constitutional rights,” she said. Baldwin also said she would not be one of the 60 votes Gorsuch would need to overcome a Democratic filibuster in the Senate.

U.S Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on President Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court Nomination
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 01/31/17
“President Trump took an oath eleven days ago to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, but since he was sworn into office he has pursued a go it alone approach of extremism. With this Supreme Court nomination, President Trump has made it clear he has no interest in being a President for all Americans and that he is intent on creating more division in our country. Instead of putting forward a mainstream nominee for the vacant Supreme Court seat, he has offered someone who will have a hard time earning bipartisan support. “The importance of the Supreme Court and the decisions they make have a profound effect on the daily lives of all Americans so I will do my job to fully review Judge Gorsuch’s record. I also look forward to meeting with him because I have a number of concerns and questions about his deeply troubling record, particularly his rulings against disabled students, against workers, and against women’s reproductive health care. “The American people deserve an independent Supreme Court Justice who will protect the constitutional rights and freedoms of all Americans, not someone who will put his own political preferences above the law and legislate President Trump’s far right agenda from the bench of our nation’s highest court. That is the test I will apply as I give fair consideration to this nomination.”

SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN ANNOUNCES SHE WILL OPPOSE SENATOR JEFF SESSIONS’ NOMINATION FOR U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 01/13/17
“America has made great progress over the last eight years with an Administration that has taken seriously a shared responsibility to pass on to the next generation a country that is more equal, not less equal. “Every American citizen deserves a government that is as good as they are and they are right to demand that our Attorney General, and our Department of Justice, are committed to the principle that racism, discrimination, and hate-based crimes will not be tolerated in America. All Americans also deserve a strong commitment from our Attorney General, America’s top law enforcement official, to act on violence borne out of hatred based on race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic. It’s also very important to me that we have an Attorney General who will be a strong supporter of constitutional rights. At a time when voting rights and the constitutional right of women to make their own, personal reproductive health care decisions are under attack across our country, we need an Attorney General who will stay true to these constitutional freedoms and not be driven by politics. “For me, the vote on Senator Jeff Sessions’ confirmation to be our next United States Attorney General is a moral choice guided by my strong belief that all Americans deserve equal opportunity and the freedom to pursue their hopes and dreams. That is the promise of America and I have committed myself and my life’s work to make sure we keep it. After meeting with Senator Sessions, I cannot support his confirmation to be our next Attorney General because I don’t have faith that he shares these beliefs and that he will embrace these commitments, and our shared responsibility to move our nation forward for all Americans.”

Sen. Tammy Baldwin: Combating Hate Crimes Must Be Top Priority For Trump And New Attorney General
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 01/09/17
"Unfortunately, President-elect Trump’s choice of Senator Sessions, who has opposed the expansion of federal hate crime laws, as his nominee to lead the Justice Department sends a concerning message that combating this crisis is not a priority for the incoming administration.... If Senator Sessions cannot or will not make a full commitment to act on violence borne out of hatred based on race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic, then he has no place serving as America’s top law enforcement official."

U.S. SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN TAKES TO SENATE FLOOR TO CALL FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT ON SCHOTT NOMINATION TO 7TH CIRCUIT COURT: Today marks 2,435th day of vacancy, the longest-standing federal circuit court vacancy in the country
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 09/07/16
“The American people deserve full and functioning courts, from the Supreme Court to our district courts. This Wisconsin seat on the Seventh Circuit has been vacant longer than any other federal circuit court judgeship, for more than six years. That is unacceptable and I am calling on the Senate to do its job and vote on this nomination,” said Senator Baldwin. “Don Schott has received strong, bipartisan support throughout this nomination process because he has the experience, qualifications and temperament to be an outstanding federal judge. He deserves a Senate vote without further delay and the people of Wisconsin deserve a fully-functioning federal appeals court to ensure the swift and thorough administration of justice.” In June, Schott’s nomination was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee with a strong bipartisan vote. Senator Baldwin sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) requesting that he schedule a floor vote on Donald Schott’s nomination. McConnell has not yet scheduled a Senate vote. “The 7th Circuit Court has taken up a number of Wisconsin issues without a Wisconsin seat on the court including women's heath, labor rights, campaign finance, marriage equality and most recently voting rights. These are important issues and the people of Wisconsin deserve better than an empty seat when judgements are made,” said Senator Baldwin.

Sen. Baldwin Floor Statement [on judicial vacancies and nominees]
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 09/07/16
"I feel it necessary that we step up and deal with this crisis in the Federal courts and do our jobs. I call on my colleagues in the majority to do our jobs. The obstruction that we have seen with regard to filling judicial vacancies is harming our Federal courts and our Nation, our economy, and individuals who come before those courts to seek justice. In this current Congress, only 22 judges have been confirmed by the Senate. As we have discussed today, we currently have 90 vacancies on the Federal courts. Thirty-two--one-third--have been declared judicial emergencies. Yet before the Senate right now, we have Presidential nominees for these vacancies--27 in number--that are available for our consideration. Each of those names has garnered a bipartisan majority from the Judiciary Committee. A bipartisan majority has supported those Presidential nominees. Each and every one of them deserve a vote in the full Senate. The American people fully deserve a functioning Federal judiciary--whether the Supreme Court, our circuit courts, or the district courts. From my home State of Wisconsin, we have a longstanding vacancy on the Seventh Circuit Court. This longstanding vacancy is absolutely unacceptable. This traditional Wisconsin seat on the Seventh Circuit Court has been vacant for more than 6 years. This is the longest Federal circuit court vacancy in the country. Today marks the 2,435th day--that is 6 years and 8 months--of this vacancy. The people of Wisconsin and our neighbors in Illinois and Indiana deserve a fully functioning court of appeal. ... We have a highly qualified nominee for this seat. Don Schott was nominated by the President on January 12. He has strong bipartisan support. Both Senator Johnson and I have returned our blue slips, a part of the process to advance one of these nominees. A bipartisan majority of the Wisconsin judicial nominating commission recommended and supported his consideration by the President. Don Schott also received the support of a bipartisan majority of the Senate Judiciary Committee when they voted to advance his nomination."

U.S. SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN GOES TO SENATE FLOOR TO CALL FOR UNANIMOUS CONSENT ON SCHOTT NOMINATION TO 7TH CIRCUIT COURT: Today marks the 2,378th day of vacancy, the longest-standing federal circuit court vacancy in the country
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 07/12/16
“The American people deserve full and functioning courts, from the Supreme Court to our district courts. This Wisconsin seat on the Seventh Circuit has been vacant longer than any other federal circuit court judgeship, for more than six years. That is unacceptable and I am calling on the Senate to do its job and vote on this nomination,” said Senator Baldwin. “Don Schott has received strong, bipartisan support throughout this nomination process because he has the experience, qualifications and temperament to be an outstanding federal judge. He deserves a Senate vote without further delay and the people of Wisconsin deserve a fully-functioning federal appeals court to ensure the swift and thorough administration of justice.”

Sen. Baldwin Floor statement: Judicial Vacancies
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 07/12/16
"We currently have 83 vacancies in the Federal courts, and 29 of those vacancies have been declared judicial emergencies, meaning that the continuing vacancy has caused serious problems and concerns, so they are deemed judicial emergencies.... currently there are 24 judicial nominees on the Executive Calendar. All of them--every one of them--have garnered majority support of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in order to advance to the Executive Calendar. Every one of them is deserving of a full Senate vote.... One of Wisconsin's seats on the Seventh Circuit has been vacant for more than 6\1/2\ years. ... it is the longest Federal circuit court vacancy in the country. Today marks 2,378 days that this circuit court seat has been vacant. The people of Wisconsin and our neighbors in Illinois and Indiana deserve a fully functioning appeals court. We have a highly qualified nominee who deserves a vote from this body. Don Schott was nominated by the President on January 12 to fill this Seventh Circuit Court vacancy. He has strong bipartisan support. Both Senator Johnson and I have returned our blue slips. Bipartisan majorities of the Wisconsin judicial nominating commission have given their support to Don Schott and have voted to advance his nomination, a bipartisan group of the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance his nomination, and a bipartisan group of former Wisconsin bar presidents support him.... I rise today to urge the majority leader, the Republican leader, to schedule a vote on Don Schott, as well as all of the other judicial nominees who are on the Executive Calendar. The American people deserve a fully functioning Federal judiciary."

U.S. SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN CALLS ON MAJORITY LEADER MCCONNELL TO SCHEDULE FLOOR VOTE ON LONGEST STANDING FEDERAL CIRCUIT COURT VACANCY: Don Schott’s nomination to 7th Circuit Court was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee with strong bipartisan vote, now awaits a floor vote
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 06/20/16
“This Wisconsin seat on the Seventh Circuit has been vacant longer than any other federal circuit court judgeship, for more than six years. The people of my home state of Wisconsin, as well as our neighbors in Illinois and Indiana, deserve a fully-functioning federal appeals court to ensure the swift and thorough administration of justice,” Senator Baldwin wrote to Majority Leader McConnell. ... “Don Schott has received strong, bipartisan support throughout out this nomination process because he has the experience, qualifications and temperament to be an outstanding federal judge. He deserves the opportunity for due consideration on the Senate floor and I urge you to schedule a vote on his nomination at the earliest opportunity and without undue delay.”

Sen. Baldwin on Judiciary Committee advances Schott to federal appeals court
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 06/16/16
"I am proud to have pushed Don Schott's nomination forward because the people of Wisconsin and the entire Seventh Circuit deserve a fully functioning court," Baldwin said in a statement Thursday. "It is my hope that Senator Johnson will join me in calling on Majority Leader (Mitch) McConnell to schedule a floor vote so the Senate can confirm Don Schott without undue delay."

AFTER PUSH FROM SENATOR BALDWIN, SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE SCHEDULES HEARING FOR 7TH CIRCUIT COURT NOMINEE DONALD SCHOTT
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 05/12/16
Last month, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin called on Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley to hold a hearing and advance Donald Schott’s nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Wisconsin’s seat on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is over six years old and is the longest-standing federal circuit court vacancy in the country.... the Senate Judiciary Committee announced that Schott’s nomination would be taken up at a hearing ... “This is an important step forward towards putting an end to the longest standing federal circuit court vacancy in the country,” said Senator Baldwin. “It also an opportunity for Senator Johnson to join me in supporting this nomination and returning the Seventh Circuit court to full strength. I don’t believe we have completed our responsibility until this nominee is confirmed by the Senate and I will continue to push for a vote so we can finish the job we were elected to do.” Based on Schott’s bipartisan, majority support from the Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission, President Obama nominated him to the 7th Circuit on January 12, 2016. A bipartisan group of former Wisconsin State Bar Presidents also support Senate action on the Schott nomination and in January sent a letter to Chairman Grassley asking that he take up the nomination and give Schott a vote as soon as possible.

U.S. SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN REQUESTS JUDICIARY COMMITTEE ACTION ON NATION’S LONGEST STANDING FEDERAL COURT VACANCY
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 04/12/16
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Charmain Charles Grassley (R-IA) requesting that he advance Donald Schott’s nomination to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit at the Judiciary Committee’s next judicial nomination hearing.

Sen. Baldwin Floor Statement: FILLING THE SUPREME COURT VACANCY
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 03/14/16
"Last week a colleague was asked in a radio interview on a Wisconsin radio station if Republicans would be more likely to advance a Supreme Court nomination had a Republican been elected President in 2012. He said: ``Generally, and this is the way it works out politically, if you're replacing--if a conservative president's replacing a conservative justice, there's a little more accommodation to it.'' Do Senate Republicans really believe that they need a Republican President simply to do their jobs? ... In fact, six Justices have been confirmed in Presidential election years since 1900, including Louis Brandeis, Benjamin Cardozo, and Republican appointee Anthony Kennedy, who was confirmed by a Democratic-controlled Senate during President Ronald Reagan's last year in office.... I call on my colleagues to join together on behalf of the American people to fulfill our constitutional obligation of restoring the U.S. Supreme Court to its full strength."

SENATOR TAMMY BALDWIN: “THE AMERICAN PEOPLE DESERVE A FULL AND FUNCTIONING SUPREME COURT – NOT AN EMPTY SEAT ON THE HIGHEST COURT IN THE LAND.”
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 03/11/16
“It's the constitutional duty of the President to select a Supreme Court nominee and the Senate has the responsibility to give that nominee fair consideration with a hearing and a vote. Our job is to fulfill our constitutional duties. Have Senate Republicans forgotten this? It appears the senior Senator from Wisconsin has. He suggested that Republicans would only do their job on a Supreme Court nomination if we had a Republican President. But since we don’t, they won’t. I would like to remind my colleague from Wisconsin that President Obama was elected to a four-year term in 2012. The American people decided who our President is and according to the Constitution, the term President Obama earned has more than 300 days remaining. The American people deserve a full and functioning Supreme Court – not an empty seat on the highest court in the land. In the spirit of cooperation and bipartisanship, I call on Senator Johnson to end his partisan obstruction and do his job.”

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Bipartisan Effort in Senate to Restore the United States Supreme Court and 7th Circuit Court to Full Strength
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 03/04/16
On the Supreme Court vacancy, Senator Baldwin said, “It's the constitutional duty of the President to select a Supreme Court nominee and the Senate has the responsibility to give that nominee fair consideration with a hearing and a vote. Our job is to fulfill our constitutional duties and Senate Republicans need to end their partisan obstruction and do their jobs on this high court vacancy.” Senator Baldwin also called for swift Senate action on the nomination of Donald Schott to represent Wisconsin on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. “This vacancy on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is now six years old and it is past time to put an end to the longest-standing federal court vacancy in the country,” Senator Baldwin said. “Just as the American people deserve a full and functioning Supreme Court – not an empty seat on our highest court – the people of Wisconsin deserve to be fully represented on the 7th Circuit.”

Senator Tammy Baldwin Calls for Swift Senate Action on 7th Circuit Court Nomination of Don Schott: Longest-standing federal court vacancy in the country nearly six years old; Nominee earned bipartisan support from Wisconsin Judicial Commission established by Senators Baldwin and Johnson
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 01/12/16
Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced her support for the nomination of Don Schott to represent Wisconsin on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Baldwin also called for swift action by the Senate to confirm Schott and end the longest-standing federal court vacancy in the country, which is nearly six years old. Schott earned bipartisan support from the Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission and was one of only two applicants who received the requisite support of five commissioners. Senator Baldwin and Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson each selected three commissioners and required that any nominee have the support of at least five commissioners. “This vacancy on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is now nearly six years old and Wisconsin deserves to be fully represented on the court instead of having an empty seat. Don Schott earned bipartisan support from Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission, including from my commissioners and Senator Johnson’s,” said Senator Baldwin. “Don Schott will be an outstanding Federal Judge and his experience, qualifications and expertise will serve Wisconsin’s proud tradition of a strong and independent judiciary well.” The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has had a vacancy since January 2010, three years prior to Senator Baldwin taking office. Today marks 2,196 days that Wisconsin’s seat on the court has had a vacancy. “It is past time to put an end to the longest-standing federal court vacancy in the country. I believe it is important that the Senate take swift action to confirm Don Schott and put him in place to serve Wisconsin on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals,” Senator Baldwin said.

Sen. Baldwin spokesperson on Wisconsin Seventh Circuit vacancy
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 06/02/15
John Kraus, Baldwin’s director of communication, ... “This vacancy on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is now over five years old and Senator Johnson has obstructed action since he arrived in the Senate in 2010,” Kraus said in a statement. “One thing is clear, Senator Johnson seems content to stall the process on the oldest circuit court vacancy in the country. Senator Baldwin believes it is important that action be taken to put a judge in place to serve and that is why she has sent to the White House eight finalists from the bipartisan Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission. Senator Johnson refused to join her in taking this action and it’s disappointing that he is opposing eight qualified and experienced Wisconsinites from being considered by the White House for this nomination.” Kraus said Johnson never committed to supporting the two nominees who received support from five of the six [committee members].

Sen. Baldwin and spokesperson on Wisconsin Seventh Circuit vacancy
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 05/26/15
Baldwin spokesman John Kraus accused Johnson of stalling efforts to fill the seat since he joined the Senate more than four years ago. ... In December, Baldwin wrote the commissioners asking them to redouble their efforts to find four to six candidates.... "One thing is clear, there has been a court vacancy for 1,961 days and Senator Johnson seems content to stall the process," Kraus said. "Senator Baldwin believes it is important that action be taken to put a judge in place to serve. That is why she has sent to the White House eight finalists from the bipartisan commission."

Sen. Baldwin's spokesman on Wisconsin 7th Circuit vacancy
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 05/22/15
[S]pokesman, John Kraus, said in a statement that "this vacancy on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals is now over five years old and Senator Johnson has obstructed action since he arrived in the Senate in 2010. One thing is clear, there has been a court vacancy for 1,961 days and Senator Johnson seems content to stall the process." Kraus said Johnson is "opposing eight qualified and experienced Wisconsinites." ... Kraus said the eight applicants all welcomed having their names sent to the White House.

UPDATED: Republican Home-State Senators Support Judicial Nominees
(Republican - Utah, Texas, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky, North Carolina) 12/03/14
Links and excerpts for Republican home-state senator support of judicial nominees during Senate's lame duck session and history of prior lame duck confirmations.

Sen. Baldwin Floor Statement for district court nominee Pamela Pepper
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 11/20/14
"I am proud to have worked with my colleague Senator Johnson and our judicial nominating commission to put in place this process for filling the critical Federal judicial vacancies in our State. I was pleased to join Senator Johnson in May of this year to support the confirmation of Jim Peterson, whom the Senate confirmed to a seat for a Federal judgeship in the Western District of Wisconsin. I am pleased to stand on the floor with my colleague today to speak in support of another terrific judicial nominee who will serve the people of Wisconsin well. ... Senator Johnson and I strongly support Judge Pepper's nomination to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Our joint support of a judicial nominee should once again send a strong message to the entire Senate that she is the right choice for this judgeship."

Sen. Baldwin: Wisconsin Senators Applaud Confirmation of Judge Pam Pepper to the Eastern District of Wisconsin
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 11/20/14
“Addressing vacant federal judgeships in Wisconsin has been a top priority for me since I was sworn in to the Senate,” said U.S. Senator Baldwin. “I am proud to have worked with Senator Johnson to put in place a nonpartisan Federal Nominating Commission and a process for moving judicial nominations forward because the people of Wisconsin deserve to have experienced and qualified judges working for them. Pamela Pepper has had a distinguished career as a judge, federal prosecutor, public defender and attorney in private practice. She will be an outstanding U.S. Federal District Judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.” The Wisconsin Federal Nominating Commission, established by Senators Johnson and Baldwin, is currently reviewing applications for a vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit that resulted from Judge Terrance T. Evans taking senior status in 2010; Judge Evans passed away in 2011. The six-person Commission, charged with making recommendations for vacancies in federal judgeships and U.S. attorney positions in Wisconsin, was established by the Senators on April 17, 2013.

Sen. Baldwin: Senate Judiciary Committee Votes to Confirm Pamela Pepper’s Judicial Nomination
(Democrat - Wisconsin) 07/17/14
The filling of judicial vacancies has been a top priority for Tammy since she was elected to the U.S. Senate. “Judge Pamela Pepper has had a distinguished career as a judge, federal prosecutor, public defender and attorney in private practice. I applaud the President for nominating her. She will continue her outstanding service on the bench, and the people of Wisconsin will benefit from having this experienced and dedicated public servant as a U.S. district judge.” - Senator Baldwin